Liz Kelly

Senior Consultant with Jacobs Strategic Consulting Practice

Liz advises utilities on a wide range of optimization topics including asset management, alternative contracting, technology innovations, project and program management, corporate culture change, and leadership development. Liz has more than 20 years of experience as a public sector leader in water, wastewater, drainage, and solid waste utilities work. She was instrumental in establishing the asset management culture at Seattle Public Utilities, wherein the utility was able to improve services to customers, save hundreds of millions in capital dollars, millions/year in operations and maintenance expenditures, and ensure that decisions would be made based on life cycle, triple bottom line principles. In addition she was the director of Project Management and Engineering, wherein she improved project and program delivery success while overseeing about 90 engineers and project managers tasked with delivery of a portfolio of projects valued at over $735 M, using various contracting approaches. Liz was also an Executive Sponsor of the Race & Social Justice Change Team at SPU. Liz has been active on the American Water Works Association Strategic Management Practices Committee, was recently the chair of the Utility Management Conference, and is honored to be a member of the Council of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure.

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